Articles from Georgia
"We would have had millions of dollars in upfront cost but it would have generated about 160 thousand dollars a year in return," Augusta Environmental Services Director Mark Johnson said.
About five months after Tybee elected to forgo a controversial wind turbine an unnamed corporation offered to provide mostly free of charge, officials with Georgia Power and other agencies from across the state met in Savannah to discuss wind energy’s future.
Tybee’s turbine is gone with the wind. A new analysis of installing and operating a donated wind turbine on Tybee indicates it wouldn’t be as beneficial as first described.
First decimated by the use of their feathers in women’s hats in the late 1800s, plovers have since suffered from having to compete with humans for beach space. Now only 60 or so breeding pairs remain in the smallest of their three known populations. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has identified global warming and wind turbines as emerging threats to these birds.
Wildlife biologist Tim Keyes saw reason for caution there in the form of nearby habitat for endangered piping plovers and for red knots, a species being considered for federal listing. ...Tybee Fire Chief Skip Sasser posed a laundry list of concerns that ranged from why Wolff didn’t reveal what company is offering the turbine to why it wouldn’t be better to spend the installation money on safety equipment or personnel. “A windmill is not going to protect a 5-year-old child being swept out to sea,” he said.
Others like Mayor Jason Buelterman are more cautious. “I don’t really know enough about the proposal,” he said. “I want to get more information. That’s all it is right now, a proposal in its infancy. Paul is bringing it to everyone’s attention.” Council member Wanda Doyle is in a wait-and-see mode, too.
There may be a brighter future for solar power in Georgia one day. But the chances of it arriving sooner through a proposal in the state House are pretty dim, judging from lawmakers' reactions at a hearing Wednesday.
Renewable power will not get a major share of Southern Co.’s energy portfolio anytime soon, even as the Atlanta-based utility makes forays into wind and solar power, CEO Tom Fanning said Thursday. “It’s going to remain a niche for some time,” Fanning said during a luncheon speech to the Atlanta Press Club.
"So many people I think are apprehensive about wind turbines because there's been a lot of negative press about avian mortality and about how it's not a consistent energy generator," said Paul Wolff, a Tybee council member. "I want people to come and ask questions.
Opposition to a wind turbine farm on Lookout Mountain grows. A group against the project collected hundreds of signatures. And at least one Walker County leader doesn't think it's such a good idea.
Members of the Lookout Mountain Wind Project Task Force (LMWPTF) have presented 549 signed petitions in opposition of the potential development of an Industrial Scale Wind Turbine Farm on Lookout Mountain by Iberdrola Renewables.
Jason Winters, Chattooga County commissioner, who with Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell had a first telephone conversation with Iberdrola officials Friday, said he thinks the Spanish company is re-evaluating its plan and never understood the demographics of the mountain brow.
"I think it will be very detrimental for Lookout Mountain and the tourism here. People come here to use our trails and mountain camps. With towers here, I worry that tourists would just go away," Heiskell said Saturday after sitting in on a residents' meeting aimed at raising opposition to the wind farm.
The group discussed concerns about the project including visual pollution, wear and tear on county roads while the project is being built, property value decline and decrease in commercial business value and ecology. The flyer went on to say, "that the people who live on or love Lookout Mountain need to prove to Iberdrola that they will fight this incursion tooth and nail.
A power company is eyeing portions of Lookout Mountain in Northwest Georgia as a possible location for wind turbines, something that some area residents say they don't want.
State officials say they're hesitant to join other Atlantic states in a new offshore wind development consortium because they're unsure of the potential costs or obligations in the future. Besides that, they say other renewable energy sources -- such as biomass or solar -- offer better potential.
[Dalton Utilities president and CEO Don Cope] said he had listened last week to a presentation by the Edison Electric Institute, an organization that all of the large, shareholder-owned utilities belong to, on the possibility of legislation capping carbon emissions produced by fossil fuels such as coal and oil. "Their estimate is that it will cost the average household in the United States between $3,000 and $6,000 per year," he said.
"It's unattractive and it's a nuisance," said Scott Herzinger, whose home is three doors down. Mann "invaded the public view ... when he put that tower up." ...opponents claim Mann's wind turbine needlessly threatens neighborhood property values because Atlanta's low winds don't produce enough speed to make the device worthwhile.
Six of the nation's 10 largest sources of carbon dioxide emissions are coal-fired power plants in the South, but year after year Southern lawmakers balk at pushing utilities toward cleaner renewable energy. Last month, Republican senators from the South provided about half the votes that defeated federal legislation to require power companies to get 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Nationally, almost half the states have adopted their own renewable mandates, but only one, Texas, is in the South. Southern lawmakers -- responding to heavy lobbying from local utilities -- argue their region isn't conducive to solar or wind power like the sun-baked Southwest or the open plains of the West.
WASHINGTON, DC, United States (UPI) -- Multiple reports and studies, especially those published in the last year, suggest the United States, specifically the East Coast, has great potential for offshore wind. The politicized debate over whether to develop wind power offshore has dragged on since the late 1990s, when the first project was proposed in Cape Cod, Mass., off the Nantucket Sound. Since then there have been several other proposals, none of which has been completely approved.